There is an immediate opening for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Artur Indzhykulian. We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented postdoc to join our laboratory to study hair cell mechanotransduction and stereocilia bundle morphology in mouse models of deafness, using a combination of electrophysiology, 3D electron microscopy, and biochemistry. Our ultimate goal is to restore the hearing and, in some cases, combined blindness deficit using gene therapy.
The portfolio of our lab includes various electrophysiological and fluorescence imaging techniques, as well as an exhaustive line of electron microscopy techniques (SEM, TEM, FIB-SEM and others), all primarily aimed to study hair cells in animal models, and develop translational gene therapy tools to treat deafness.
We are looking for persistent and ambitious candidates who will enjoy the collegial atmosphere and excitement of a premier research institution, are eager to work with and learn more about hair cells, and want to become a part of a young and quickly growing laboratory studying important and fundamental questions in the field. If you are fascinated by the complexity and beauty of the hair cell stereocilia bundle, can’t wait to begin unraveling important questions and want to apply this knowledge to cure the sensory deficit using various gene therapy methods – we want you in our lab! Candidates with prior experience in patch-clamp electrophysiology, tissue/organ culture, advanced light and electron microscopy, biochemistry and protein purification, protein interaction, including bio-layer interferometry will be given preference.
Our laboratory is part of the large and collaborative group of scientists and clinicians affiliated with Eaton Peabody Laboratories (EPL) at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. The EPL is the largest hearing research group in the United States, providing an outstanding interdisciplinary training environment within an active clinical setting. EPL researchers participate in an excellent interdisciplinary and collaborative intellectual environment with strong ties with the researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We have close relationships and carry out major collaborative efforts with a number of groups within the Harvard community, as well as international collaborators.
Applicants should have Ph.D. in neuroscience, bioengineering, biochemistry, physics or a related discipline. Interested applicants should submit a current CV, a one page description of research interests, and the names and contact emails of three references to Artur Indzhykulian, MD, PhD at Artur_Indzhykulian@hms.harvard.edu.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.